Indonesian volcano erupts, up to 19 killed in ash

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

MOUNT MERAPI, Indonesia (AP) - Doctors and television reports say at least 19 people were killed when Indonesia's most volatile volcano erupted.

Scientists have warned that pressure building beneath Mount Merapi's lava dome could trigger its most powerful blast in years.

But some vulcanologists are saying that while a big eruption is still possible, the mountain appears to be letting off steam slowly.

The death toll was quickly climbing, however.

Hospital officials said a baby died Tuesday when a mother ran in panic after Merapi started rumbling. Three other villagers died from serious burns.

Metro TV reported that 15 other bodies were found in several houses. It carried footage of corpses being carried to waiting vehicles.

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